Kuching is a charming, tranquil city that sits on the banks of the Sarawak River. It’s a fantastic blend of traditional Chinese and Malay culture, and also has some colonial influences scattered around the town. There’s plenty for the discerning traveller to discover here.
Rajah Brooke ruled here until 1946, but this city has been here for centuries. In fact, it’s the state’s oldest city. Kuching is the capital of the region of Sarawak and has managed to preserve many of the ancient sites that locals hold dear. These include temples, churches, Fort Margherita and the impressive Istana Palace. Take the heritage trail through the city to ensure you see them all.
The Sarawak Museum displays artefacts dating back to tribal times. They’ve even recreated a traditional longhouse here, so you can see how Kuching’s people used to live. If you are keen to discover more about local culture, head to the Sarawak Cultural Village. You’ll see some more examples of longhouses and you’ll get the chance to talk to guides from each of the ethnic groups that call Kuching home. A visit here is a great chance to understand the area’s traditions, and perhaps even try a spot of traditional cooking.
As it’s located close to the jungle, it probably isn’t surprising that Kuching is passionate about conservation and protection. Make sure you visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. This is where local animals come to be cared for and taken back into the wild or looked after in other facilities. It’s one of the few places in the world where you might get to see an orangutan, so don’t miss your chance!
Kuching acts as a gateway to the jungle and the sea. From here, you can explore the rugged Malaysian coast or the thick dense rainforest. There’s also plenty to do in the city itself; the unique blend of cultures has made it an exciting destination in its own right. No-one is ever in a hurry here, so take your time and discover everything you can about Kuching – you won’t be disappointed.
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